Guillain-Barré Syndrome: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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    00:01 The let's wrap up this video series. Guillain-Barré is a rare neurological disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system.

    00:12 That is the most important take away point if you understanding how the disease works.

    00:18 Now the symptoms can range from a very mild case with brief weakness, to a nearly devastating paralysis and that makes the person unable to breathe on their own.

    00:28 The exact cause of Guillain-Barré is not known but we know it's not contagious and it's not inherited and we have hope for the future of research.

    00:37 Weakness on both sides of the body is the major symptom that promotes most people to seek attention.

    00:44 So symptoms often affect the arms, breathing, muscles and even the face of that makes a more widespread nerve damage.

    00:51 Because remember, the majority of patients experience paralysis from the ground to the brain.

    00:56 Rarely can start in the arm and work its way down.

    00:59 Usually, it's ground to brain. Now treatment of Guillain-Barré involves plasmapheresis or IVIG therapy and that needs to be initiated within the first two weeks of symptoms to be effective.

    01:11 The recovery period maybe as little as a few weeks that's our best case scenario.

    01:16 Or up to a few years which would be the worst case scenario.

    01:21 Thank you for watching our video today.

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    The lecture Guillain-Barré Syndrome: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN is from the course Spinal Cord Injuries and Syndromes (Nursing) .

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    1. It is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the PNS.
    2. Most clients seek medical attention when weakness presents on both sides of the body.
    3. Treatment options include plasmapheresis and immunoglobin (IVIg) therapy.
    4. Most clients with GBS will suffer life-long disabilities from GBS.
    5. The symptoms of GBS are limited to the muscular system.

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     Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

    Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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